The broken brushwork and blond tonalities that describe this idyllic sunlit scene are reminders of Ernest Lawson's early training with two American Impressionists, John H. Twachtman and J. Alden Weir, and his later contact with the French Impressionist Alfred Sisley. The theme of boys swimming was popular during the decades surrounding the turn of the century
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Ernest Lawson (American, 1873-1939). Boys Bathing, ca. 1908-1910. Oil on canvas, 25 3/8 x 30 5/16 in. (64.5 x 77 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hopkinson, 62.80
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Hopkinson
25 3/8 x 30 5/16 in. (64.5 x 77 cm); Frame: 2 x 33 x 37 3/4 in. (5.1 x 83.8 x 95.9 cm)